Hot homes: grand castles and magnificent mansions

Take a peek inside some of Britain's ivy-clad Tudor mansions and moated castles, where stunning historic architecture is on show. We explore some magnificent modern makeovers too, with glamorous spas, private cinemas and gyms.
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Stunning historic architecture is on show throughout Britain — from ivy-clad Tudor mansions with mullion windows and panelled dining rooms, to moated castles overlooking landscapes that have changed little in centuries.

Join us as we open finely embossed doors to explore crystal-lit neoclassical ballrooms, sweeping carved staircases and handsome gun rooms where you can almost smell the tanned leather and boot dubbing.

We find some magnificent modern makeovers, too, adding glamour in the form of private cinemas, spas and indoor pools.



Sixteen-bedroom Mamhead House near Exter in Devon is a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion with galleried halls, cellars, an attic with 11 rooms, a three-bedroom staff bungalow and a Grade-II listed 19th century castle with six office suites.

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Tyringham Hall is a beautiful Grade I-listed English stately home built by Sir John Soane in Buckinghamshire. The 18th century neo classical villa has 11 bedroom suites, a family and staff wing, stable house, formal gardens and buildings by Sir Edwin Lutyens, plus a spa, games room, cinema and gym.

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Grade II-listed The Gleanings is a combination of Grecian- and Gothic-styles, with an elegant portico entrance and a magnificent staircase with oak treads and wrought iron balusters.The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the River Medway while one of the five bedrooms offers great views of Rochester Castle.

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A wealthy tea trader built this 13-bedroom home in 1776 on the site of an original house which is thought to have been destroyed by fire. It remained in the family for 136 years, during which time it underwent considerable alterations and adaptations - the most notable being in 1820 when the house was rebuilt introducing the romantic turrets and castellations.

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This Grade I-listed castle and manor house is surrounded by a moat and has two reception rooms, a galleried landing with lounge area and an adjoining dovecote tower and medieval kitchen under construction. On the same grounds are two 16th Century Grade I-listed barns and a charming wedding venue is linked to the inner court and towers by a large marquee.

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